If foreign policy is all about optics, resonance to the domestic audience, and regime stability, Kim Jong-Un, Xi Jinping, and Moon Jae-In are toast.
The recent meeting of the Korean leaders and upcoming Trump-Kim summit in Singapore represent progress that most South Koreans assumed would be impossible to see in our lifetimes.
They aren’t just some high-tech toy bought off the shelf. This was a military weapon being used on U.S. Air Force pilots.
There are plenty of reasons to be suspicious that North Korea hasn’t fundamentally changed its goals, even if it has had to change its tactics.
If security is paramount for Kim, nuclear weapons might be his only hope of staving off regime change.
By removing the term limits to the presidency in China, Xi becomes what Mao was — a permanent and exceedingly powerful dictator.
We should be wary of a military conflict that could incinerate millions of victims of totalitarianism, along with U.S. citizens, South Koreans, and others living in the region.
This is now Xi Jinping’s China and he has begun the process of making that official. With an unchecked Xi Jinping in China, the Red Dragon will go on the march.
I wish that I could tell you that my life in Bangkok is better with very few guns in the city, but now I have to watch out for bombs.
The South’s acceptance of the North’s overtures without at least some acknowledgement from Pyongyang that it needs to disarm undermines America’s hard-line approach.
Rex Tillerson’s startling comments signal that Pyongyang is truly on the cusp of having a nuclear-capable intercontinental missile and that a military conflict might be fast approaching.
Today’s congressional hearing on China’s soft power influence-peddling against the United States needs to result in action.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte wants to be free to pivot toward China without entirely losing the United States as an ally and as a trading partner, having his cake and eating it too.
That the Kim Jong-un regime is oppressive is not up for debate, but the wisdom of pledging the United States to preventive military intervention in North Korea most certainly is.
Both President Trump and Chinese President Xi strive to make their own country great again. The world is wondering: who will get most of what he wants and who will cave?
Since the high-performing East Asia region is dominated by people with Chinese-style education, does this mean that’s superior to American schools?
Media outlets weep that this is a crime against humanity, denouncing a Muslim ‘massacre’ going on in Myanmar, almost completely ignoring that this is a vicious, both-sided conflict.
While the test of a hydrogen bomb has been expected by North Korea analysts for some time, it has nonetheless triggered a nuclear war-scare in the United States.
Naturally, everyone assumes that Kim Jong-Un’s aggression targets the United States. What we have missed is that the other real target of Kim’s aggression is China.
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